Among the monitor announcements to come out this week, HP has introduced a new display aimed at hardcore gamers and esports professionals. With a 240 Hz max refresh rate, FreeSync 2 support, and HDR, the Omen X 27 is designed to be a jack of all trades for gaming monitors.

HP's new gaming monitor is based around a high-performance QHD TN panel, sporting a 240 Hz refresh rate, 300/400 nits brightness (SDR/HDR), and a 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut. Seeing a TN panel show up in a (marginally) HDR-capable monitor like the Omen is a relatively recent advancement; for years, TN displays have lagged IPS monitors when it comes to the color space that could be represented. However, recently developed TN panels and new types of backlighting have significantly improved the ability of such LCDs to cover wide color gamuts, a core requirement for HDR support.

The Omen X 27 is also an AMD FreeSync 2-certified monitor, which means that it not only supports a variable refresh rate technology, but also features Low Framerate Compensation (LFC), HDR, and allows select games to tone map directly to the monitor's native dynamic range. In accordance with its HDR support, the monitor also features zoned backlighting, with 16 edge-lit zones across the monitor.

Being aimed at hardcore PC gamers and esports professionals, the HP Omen X 27 has only two display inputs: a DisplayPort 1.4 input and an HDMI 2.0 port. The monitor also features a headphone output, which is common for gaming monitors these days, but it does not have built-in speakers. In addition, the Omen X 27 has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub and an adjustable stand with a headset rest, and a red ambient light.

The combination of a variable refresh rate of up to 240 Hz, HDR, and wide color gamut support will naturally be the key selling point of the monitor. Unfortunately, since HP has not disclosed all the specs of the display, we do not know whether it actually supports the HDR10 transport format, which is important for many. That said, while the monitor is full of interesting features, the whole picture is something that remains to be seen.

The HP Omen X 27
  General Specifications
Panel 27-inch 8-bit TN
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Response Time 1 ms GtG with Overdrive
3 ms GtG
Brightness SDR: 300 cd/m²
HDR: 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Backlighting 16-zone bottom edge lit
Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical
Curvature none
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Color Gamut 90% DCI-P3
DisplayHDR Tier N/A
Dynamic Refresh Rate Tech AMD FreeSync 2
Pixel Pitch 0.2335 mm²
Pixel Density 109 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
Audio Headphone output
USB Hub 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A connectors
1 × USB 3.0 input
Adjustments Height: 0-130 mm
Tilt: -5 to +23 degrees
MSRP $649

HP’s Omen X 27 will be available starting from September in the US at $649 and starting from November in the UK for $£579.99.

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Source: HP

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  • Hul8 - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    "Faking it" is allowed in HDR specs: You can output in 8-bit+FRC, as long as the processing is at least 10-bit.
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    The processing isn't the issue. The main issue is the backlight's gamut.

    Processing mainly is an issue with banding, not overall gamut.
  • WinterCharm - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    Like anything else in tech, it's a tradeoff.

    TN has faster refresh rates, but worse color accuracy, and color space. So if you can live with 90% DCIP3 and only "fake" HDR 400, it's fine.

    If you want 99% DCI-P3 color coverage, and (fake) HDR 600 or (real) HDR1000, then you need to go with an IPS panel. But you will lose the 240Hz refresh rate.

    It's up to you to decide which one you prefer. If you really care about 240Hz more than colors and off angle viewing, that's fine. Different technologies with different trade-offs give you choice.
  • Alistair - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    Yeah IPS can't really handle 240hz yet, but 165hz is fine for the best ones.
  • eek2121 - Monday, August 26, 2019 - link

    People need to wake up and realize 4K gaming is a thing.
  • MarcusMo - Monday, August 26, 2019 - link

    Interfaces driving 4k@240hz is not a thing yet though. Nor are graphics cards capable of sustaining that kind of framerate consistently in 4k.
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

    I seriously doubt that anything inherent to TN pixels is responsible for the 90%. The backlight's gamut is what is responsible.

    Take the same backlight and pair it with IPS pixels and you will most likely have the same 90%.
  • bunnyfubbles - Sunday, August 25, 2019 - link

    for speed and cost, yes

    if you want better color/contrast/viewing angles, etc, you have to pay more and also give up some speed

    people looking for the perfect monitor, you can stop, it doesn't exist, and certainly not for an affordable price. Even the newest $2500 Gsync Ultimate monitors have to compromise
  • yetanotherhuman - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - link

  • edzieba - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    So, two issues here: first, this is simply not HDR. It does not have a high dynamic range, so regardless of format support it falls the most basic requirements. Second, TN has nothing to do with available colourspace, but instead has issues with colour uniformity across the panel. Shifting the backlight primaries will not change this.

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